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NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes Oklahoma senior WR Sterling Shepard has one of the "premier set of hands in college football."

"The premier set of hands in college football belong to Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard. Shepard has dropped just four passes on 225 targets over his three seasons, including only one drop over his last 162 targets," Zierlein wrote. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Biletnikoff semifinalist hauled in 51 receptions for 970 yards and five touchdowns in 2014, although missing more than half the year with a groin injury. Zielrein believes Shepard's "soft hands, elite focus and ability to get open will make him a favorite of NFL scouts."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 26 - 2:38 PM

Oklahoma sophomore RB Samaje Perine "us[es] his brute strength and agility to hit the second level regularly," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Following a monster freshman season in which he ran for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns, expectations this season are sky-high for Perine. Draft analysts are across-the-board impressed by his ability to muscle through tackles, with Reuter's colleague Lance Zierlein writing that the 5-foot-11, 237-pound back "shred[s]" arm tackles when he hits the line of scrimmage. The rushing numbers are all there, though he does need to continue to develop in the passing game, having caught just 15 passes in 2014. Perhaps the only thing holding him back from a long-shot crack at a 2,000-yard rushing season is the presence of redshirt freshman RB Joe Mixon, who will likely see his own share of carries.
Source: NFL.com
Aug 25 - 6:04 PM

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore Baker Mayfield will be named the school's starting QB, according to beat writer Ryan Aber.

John E. Hoover of the Tulsa World said as much in early May and many others who cover the team expected the same during the offseason. Mayfield was denied immediate eligibility last offseason after transferring from Texas Tech but did practice with the team. He overtakes Katy Perry favorite Trevor Knight, who dealt with a number of injuries and inconsistent play. Mayfield completed 64 percent of his passes and produced a 12:9 touchdown to INT ratio as a freshman with the Red Raiders.
Aug 24 - 1:07 PM

Oklahoma junior ILB Dominique Alexander "is undersized for the position, and it really shows when he has to engage with bigger blockers, lacking the strength to hold his ground when teams run in his direction," according to the National Football Post's Eric Saltzman.

"Alexander appears to be a more traditional inside linebacker who does a good job at locating and flowing to the ball," Saltzman wrote. "He is a good tackler, despite his 6’0 220 pound frame, and shows a good amount of range." Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ranks Alexander as the No. 18 linebacker in the country. Alexander earned second-team All-Big 12 honors with 107 tackles and six TFL last year.
Aug 23 - 10:45 PM

Three-star 2015 DT recruit Du'Vonta Lampkin announced that he was admitted to Oklahoma.

Lampkin signed with Texas but a foreign language requirement scuttled those plans. In a draconian stance commonplace amongst his contemporaries, Texas HC Charlie Strong refused to release Lampkin from his scholarship because he "doesn’t want to set [the] precedent that recruits can fail [a] course and go elsewhere." Jilting Louisville when a better opportunity came along, however, apparently jived somewhere inside the moving target that is Strong's moral code regarding strict adherence to a signed piece of paper. Either way, Lampkin is appealing. We're rooting for his National Letter of Intent to be voided, but even if it's not, Lampkin can redshirt his first year in Norman and seek revenge the four after that.
Aug 23 - 7:31 PM

Per the National Football Post's Eric Saltzman, Oklahoma senior edge rusher Eric Striker "will likely be a much better college player than pro."

"Part of this is due to his size, weighing in at a shade under 230 pounds, below average bulk," Saltzman wrote. "His versatility is also in question, as he projects likely as an outside linebacker in a 4-3. Still, Striker is a pretty rangy player despite his size and looks to be a pretty solid pass rusher. His instincts for the position need work." The 6-foot, 223-pound Striker posted 68 tackles, 17.5 TFL, nine sacks and two fumble recoveries to earn All-Big 12 First Team honors last season.
Aug 23 - 7:00 PM

Oklahoma senior edge rusher Eric Striker "lives up to his name" in the eyes of TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Pauline loves Striker's ability to, well, strike, calling him an "explosive athlete" whose build is closer to that of a safety than a traditional linebacker. At 6-foot, 221 pounds, the junior's size concerns the draft expert a little--and almost any report you read about Striker will mention his size--but smaller linebackers can and do have success at the next level. Earlier in the season, NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter called him a potential "excellent value" in the mid-to-late second round if he's unable to crack into the first.
Aug 13 - 9:14 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior CB Zack Sanchez "has the makings of a first round pick," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.

"He offers next level ball skills and stands out making plays when his back is to the ball. Size is the question mark for Sanchez," Pauline writes. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Sanchez posted 43 tackles, with 6 interceptions and 8 pass break-ups, earning All-Big 12 honors last year.
Aug 13 - 3:12 PM

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said that redshirt senior LB Frank Shannon "looks really good" in practice.

Shannon was suspended for the entirety of the 2014 season after being accused of sexual assault. He's back with the team, now, and is working to get into game shape. Bob Stoops was complimentary of the 6-foot-1, 238-pound linebacker, saying, "Frank's really, really moving well. He's a guy that's played a lot of football and a very experienced player that you can tell makes a difference in there...". In 2013, Shannon led the team in tackles as a redshirt sophomore.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 12 - 3:28 PM

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops announced sophomore T Kenyon Frison will not participate in fall practices due to a "violation of team rules."

Frison is indefinitely suspended, but Stoops is under no obligation to disclose what he did. The four-star recruit was a favorite to start after the Sooners lost both of its offensive tackles to the NFL this spring.
Aug 10 - 6:29 PM

Oklahoma senior edge rusher Eric Striker is the "type of player that offenses always need to be aware of," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Striker looks like a defensive back but instead wreaks havoc on opposing backfields as an edge-rushing linebacker," Brown wrote. "While only 6-foot, 223 pounds, Striker is an explosive playmaker. ... He's at his best rushing the passer, but he has the athleticism to drop into coverage." He grades Striker as the No. 30 college football player in the country. The 6-foot, 223-pound Striker recorded 68 tackles, 17.5 TFL, nine sacks and two fumble recoveries last year, earning All-Big 12 First Team honors.
Aug 9 - 1:39 PM

Oklahoma redshirt junior CB Zack Sanchez "can be an all-or-nothing player prone to giving up big plays, but that's because he plays with an aggressive style," writes Per Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Few defenders are better at jumping routes, and last year Sanchez finished with six interceptions and eight pass breakups as he moved into the No. 1 cornerback role on the Sooners defense as a sophomore," Brown wrote. "He's still searching for greater consistency, but his instincts make him a dangerous ball hawk capable of game-changing plays." Brown pegs Sanchez as the No. 58 overall player in the nation. We see a lot of average athletic traits here, but Sanchez does seem to have a sort of sixth sense for the arrival of the ball and knowing what exactly he should do with that particular predicament.
Aug 7 - 10:56 PM

2015 JUCO WR Jarvis Baxter backed out of his commitment with USF and will walk-on with Oklahoma.

Bob Przybylo notes academics might have kept Baxter form his original commitment, but it does not seem to be an issue with the Sooners. Specifically, some of Baxter's summer credits did not count at USF but do at Oklahoma. Obviously going from scholarship to walk-on is a big difference, however, Baxter will likely be considered a "preferred" walk-on.
Source: Scout
Aug 2 - 10:31 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes 3-4 NFL teams will value Oklahoma senior edge rusher Charles Tapper's "strength to hold the point and shorten the pocket with a bull rush as a five-technique defensive end."

"Tapper was named first-team All-Big 12 as a sophomore in 2013, but only managed honorable mention accolades last season due to a drop in productivity," Reuter wrote. "Though he is neither explosive nor overly flexible as a pass rusher, Tapper's game isn't really about racking up sacks." The 6-foot-4, 281-pounds Tapper recorded 37 total tackles, 7.5 TFL and three sacks for the Sooners last year, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 31 - 1:41 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Oklahoma sophomore RB Samaje Perine is the early favorite to get named to the 2015 All-American first-team.

Reuter projects Perine to be joined in that backfield by Georgia sophomore RB Nick Chubb. "The stout but explosive Perine (5-11, 237) outdid Chubb by earning All-America honors, not just freshman accolades, in his freshman campaign, as he rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns last season," he wrote. We don't agree with the prediction, but that's not because we question Perine's ability. The 5-foot-11, 243-pounder must share carries this season with gifted redshirt freshman RB Joe Mixon.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 7:43 PM


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